07/30/15 3:11pm

Torpedo Factory 2nd Thursday-

Dog Days of Summer during Second Thursday Art Night at the Torpedo Factory Art Center

Second Thursday Art NightSecond Thursday Art Night at the Torpedo Factory Art Center on Thursday, August 13, will put the dogs in Dog Days of Summer.

With a special map in hand, visitors can find artwork throughout the building featuring dogs (and cats). They may even encounter a few of the artists’ own dogs keeping cool in studios along the way.

Alexandria Archaeology Museum: Excavated bones of a dog tell the story of a pet’s life in Alexandria about a hundred years ago. More information can be found at this link.

  • 6 – 7:00 PM; 8 – 9:00 PM: Annandale-based Alex W. Young brings his powerful vocals and poetic lyrics to the Torpedo Factory. Playing foot tambourine, harmonica, acoustic electric guitar, and singing, Alex is truly a one-man band. His set list mixes favorites in country, pop, classic rock, and oldies with Young’s own original compositions. Learn more about him at this link.
  • 7:00 PM:
    • Target Gallery: In Cloud Seeding, Texas-based Leigh Merrill takes thousands of photographs, videos, and audio recordings while exploring a city or neighborhood, then digitally assembles them to create her imaginary composite spaces. The result is a beautiful lie—reality that is slightly askew, familiar but emotionally detached. Meet the artist and jurors at 7 pm during the public reception. Leigh Merrill: Cloud Seeding is on view through Sunday, August 30.
  • 7:30 PM:
    • The Art League Gallery: Opening reception for two exhibitions in The Art League Gallery. Taking Shape, features juried 3D work by Art League artists. Visitor favorite ‘Scapes returns with landscapes, cityscapes, skyscapes, and more. Both are on view until Monday, September 7. More information is available via this link.

The August Second Thursday Art Night is generously supported by Your Dog’s Best Friend.

07/30/15 2:20pm

Thunderstorms over Alexandria, VAUPDATE (2:38 PM): The warning was dropped by NWS.

Alexandria, Virginia is under a Severe Thunderstorm Warning through 2:45 PM. Seek shelter IMMEDIATELY.

From the National Weather Service:

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR… THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA… CENTRAL PRINCE GEORGES COUNTY IN CENTRAL MARYLAND… SOUTHEASTERN MONTGOMERY COUNTY IN CENTRAL MARYLAND… EASTERN FAIRFAX COUNTY IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA… THE NORTHERN CITY OF ALEXANDRIA IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA… ARLINGTON COUNTY IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA…
* UNTIL 245 PM EDT
* AT 157 PM EDT… DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED OVER ADAMS MORGAN… OR OVER HOWARD UNIVERSITY… AND MOVING EAST AT 25 MPH.
* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE… ARLINGTON… BOWIE… COLLEGE PARK… GREENBELT… BLADENSBURG… UPPER MARLBORO… GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY… NATIONALS PARK… CORAL HILLS… LARGO… FEDEX FIELD… LANGLEY PARK… FORESTVILLE… CRYSTAL CITY… RFK STADIUM… HOWARD UNIVERSITY… ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE… FORT TOTTEN… BYRD STADIUM AND ROSSLYN.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCE DAMAGING WINDS… LARGE HAIL… DEADLY LIGHTNING AND VERY HEAVY RAIN. FOR YOUR PROTECTION… MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS. HEAVY RAINS FLOOD ROADS QUICKLY SO DO NOT DRIVE INTO AREAS WHERE WATER COVERS THE ROAD.

07/30/15 11:36am

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On Tuesday, August 4, from 5:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M., City officials will partner with Alexandria Police to celebrate the 32nd Annual National Night Out. The special celebration is part of a nationwide crime and drug prevention effort sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW).

To heighten awareness of crime prevention, residents in more than 30 Alexandria neighborhoods will turn on their porch lights, host neighborhood cook-outs and sponsor block parties in support of National Night Out. Mayor William D. Euille, City Manager Mark Jinks, members of City Council, and Chief of Police Earl L. Cook will reaffirm the City’s commitment to fighting crime by visiting residents throughout the City.

McGruff the Crime Fighting Dog, K-9 Unit, Motor Unit, Bike Patrol, Command Bus, Armored Personnel Carrier, and the Crime Scene Mobile Lab will tour neighborhoods and offer special demonstrations.

National Night Out, a year-long community building campaign, is designed to:

  • Heighten crime prevention awareness;
  • Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs;
  • Strengthen neighborhood spirit and law enforcement-community partnerships;
  • Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

“National Night Out is an great opportunity for the Alexandria Police Department to strengthen our existing relationships, forge new relationships with the community, and thank the residents for their vigilance and their dedication to keeping Alexandria a safe place to live, work and visit,” says Chief Cook.

For more information on National Night Out 2015, call the Public Information Office at 703.746.6600.

List of events by neighborhood is after the jump (click on the image for a larger view)…

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07/29/15 1:13pm

This is an update to this post.

Get your party shoes ready because Chadwicks Restaurant in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia is having an 80’s party ‘Big Trouble in Little Chadwicks’ August 8.

So start planning and putting your outfit together. I hear their last party was like totally rad so, don’t be a dweeb and make sure you’re at Chadwicks August 8 from 9:00 PM til 1:00 AM for this awesome party.

Who are you dressing up as? See you there!

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